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BCCI rounds up usual suspects

cricket Updated: Jan 04, 2009 23:57 IST
Ashutosh Sharma
Ashutosh Sharma
Hindustan Times
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In what has become a trend of sorts, at least eight to 10 bowlers with suspect actions have been identified in the Ranji and age group events this season. But the BCCI seems to have decided that they'll actually do something about this issue.

The Board will form a three member-committee that will observe videotapes and suggest corrective measures at the National Cricket Academy. In case a problem persists, they will then take some (undefined) "strict action". "The umpires committee submitted the proposal in the working committee meeting on Saturday, and, the Board named Venkataraghavan, Jayaprakash and Srinath on the panel," BCCI CAO Ratnakar Shetty told HT.

This number's a drop from last year, when about 15 bowlers from the Ranji alone were called for corrective measures. "This time we decided to have a look at age group tournaments as well so we could nip the problem in the bud. The problem is mainly with spinners," said Shetty.

Interestingly, HT has learnt that some players reported last season were reported again. In one instance, an umpire wrote to the Board saying Sunil Raju, a Karnataka spinner, didn't have a clean action even after getting a clean chit from the NCA. He asked the board if he should report the bowler or go by the NCA ruling.

So, how would the committee deal with such cases?